Birmingham Maple Clinic clinicians worked in teams to provide a special Christmas by adopting a family through Lighthouse of Oakland County in Pontiac, MI. Lighthouse of Oakland County is a family of agencies that provides a full range of services designed to move people from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency and independence. Lighthouse links families to affordable housing, emergency food and medical care, and long term support. Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists collected toys, clothes, electronics and household items to supply a family with a sufficient holiday.
Birmingham Maple Clinic staff also collected gently used clothes, coats, boots, and shoes to deliver to Ruth Ellis Center of Highland Park, MI. Ruth Ellis Center is a youth social services agency that provides a safe place for runaway, at risk, and homeless youth. The mission of the center is “To provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support for runaway, homeless, and at risk gay, lesbian, biattractional, transgender, and questioning youth.” Birmingham Maple Clinic’s donation will be used to provide homeless young people with warm, dry, clothing throughout the cold months. Additionally, Birmingham Maple Clinic staff collected cash donations to provide built-in microwave kitchen appliances to the REC’s residential setting, Ruth’s House.
(Pictured: Kenneth Jay Wilson, Gift Officer at Ruth Ellis Center, “Miss Sue,” and Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Anton Babushkin in the Ruth Ellis Center donation room)